Club may move to Heathridge


Wanneroo Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

THE City of Joon­dalup is now look­ing to house Joon­dalup United Foot­ball Club in Heathridge.

The City has been try­ing to find the club a home for more than a year, with pro­pos­als at For­rest Park in Pad­bury, War­randyte Park in Craigie and Bel­don Park all re­jected fol­low­ing strong com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion.

Coun­cil­lors at Tues­day’s meet­ing con­sid­ered a pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment at Prince Re­gent Park for the club’s com­mu­nity-based fix­tures, in­clud­ing two soc­cer fields and up­graded flood­light­ing, a new com­mu­nity sport­ing fa­cil­ity, carpark ex­ten­sion and re­lo­ca­tion of the cricket nets and wicket.

This means the ground would not be used for se­nior Na­tional Premier Leagues games.

Joon­dalup United uses the park for train­ing and ju­nior matches in win­ter sea­son, while Ocean Ridge se­nior and ju­nior cricket clubs use it in the sum­mer.

The new com­mu­nity sport­ing fa­cil­ity would in­clude a meet­ing room over­look­ing the oval, chang­e­rooms, um­pire room, toi­lets, kitchen, stor­age, CCTV room and a covered ve­randa area.

The project was es­ti­mated to cost $2.62 mil­lion and con­sid­ered part of the State Gov­ern­ment’s Com­mu­nity Sport­ing and Recre­ation Fa­cil­i­ties Fund (CSRFF).

There is $1.6 mil­lion listed in the City’s cap­i­tal works pro­gram across 2017-18 and 2018-19 for the re­de­vel­op­ment of a clu­b­room fa­cil­ity for Joon­dalup United.

Prince Re­gent Park had also been flagged for a re­de­vel­op­ment as part of $2.1 mil­lion in­cluded in the City’s 20-Year Strate­gic Fi­nan­cial Plan in 2031-32.

How­ever, Mayor Troy Pickard moved an amend­ment to in­crease the changre­ooms from two to four to cater for “grow­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion of fe­males in key sports”.

“We are start­ing to see an in­crease re­quest from sport­ing clubs to pro­vide ded­i­cated chang­e­rooms,” he said.

He said the City’s stan­dard was to pro­vide two chang­e­rooms, in­creas­ing to four when there were three or more fields.

He said though Prince Re­gent Park didn’t meet the cri­te­ria for four, the City would be “fu­ture proof­ing” the fa­cil­ity. This would in­crease the project cost by $453,000 to $3.07 mil­lion.

Cr Liam Gob­bert said he could not sup­port the ex­tra fund­ing.

“We’re be­ing asked to bud­get nearly $3 mil­lion for sport recre­ation and the rec­om­men­da­tion is ask­ing us to al­ter the bud­get yet again; the bud­get that in­cluded $43 mil­lion for a sin­gle year of sport and recre­ation,” he said.

“If for three years, we didn’t fund sport and recre­ation, we could build and op­er­ate the Joon­dalup per­form­ing arts cen­tre for the next two decades. Ev­ery bit we change the bud­get adds up.”

Mr Pickard also added a con­di­tion that Joon­dalup United con­trib­utes $100,000 to the project “as per an agreed pay­ment plan ap­proved by the chief ex­ec­u­tive”.

Cr Philippa Tay­lor said if the pro­posal went ahead, it would be “an­other fa­cil­ity for the peo­ple of Heathridge to utilise for their other clubs and meet­ings”.

The pro­posal will soon be ad­ver­tised for com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion, with a fur­ther re­port to coun­cil later this year.

The coun­cil will also con­sider a CSRFF ap­pli­ca­tion for $300,000 at next month’s meet­ing.

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